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Lowell girls aim to build on last year’s finish

If it’s all about the journey, the Red Arrow girls track program’s annual hunt for an O-K White title has logged it many miles of satisfaction and enjoyment.

Lowell finished in the middle of the pack a year ago and hopes its finish is at least that good in 2011.

To that end, seniors Kali Holzhueter, Kendall Hewitt and Miah Jackson will provide direction, leadership and if all goes well plenty of points.

Holzhueter will be a staple in the middle distance events; Hewitt should be a force in the 400 and mile relay; while Jackson will be a much needed presence in the sprints.

“We lost a couple of seniors, to jobs for college, that I was hopeful could help us in the sprints.,” Lowell girls track coach Robin Briggs explained.

Rebecca Betts, who contributed greatly as a freshman, returns for her second year, which will see her add the 300 low hurdles to her spring.

New faces who will have an impact are freshmen Rachel Walters and Jessica Graves. Both, long distance runners, who will contribute in the mile two mile and 3200-meter relay.

“it’s early, but I think Walters could also help us out in the 400 relay. She looked really good in the FHC scrimmage,” Briggs said.

Also, looking good early has been sophomore thrower Matti Newman.

“Matti is starting the season where she finished last year. That’s a great sign for us,” Briggs said. “Last year we finished right in the middle. I’m hopeful of doing at least that good this year.”